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The Women in Business Awards celebrate, reward and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of some of the most successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring business women throughout Northern Ireland.  Now in their 9th year, the Women in Business Awards allow all sectors and industries to come together for an evening of celebration to recognise the best of home-grown talent and the valuable contribution that women make to the economic life of Northern Ireland.  

 

This year’s Awards will be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza, Belfast on Thursday 7th November. Guaranteed to be our biggest celebration to date, the Women in Business Awards celebrate, acknowledge and reward the hard work and achievements of some of Northern Ireland's most successful entrepreneurs, business owners, senior managers and leaders.

 
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Now a firm fixture in the Northern Ireland business calendar, recognition as an award finalist and winner holds great prestige.  Finalists and winners benefit from increased media coverage and profiling, offering unique business opportunities that can help you drive your business forward.  All finalists will join the Women in Business Award Finalist Alumnae – a group specially created to offer all finalists since 2011 the opportunity to network and engage with like-minded business women and to stimulate opportunity for both personal and professional development.

 

All 2019 finalists will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive Finalist Retreat where they will come together to be inspired by a range of speakers and network with their peers in a unique environment.  More details will be unveiled in the coming months!

Tickets are now available and early booking is highly recommended for this sell-out event!

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The shortlisted finalists of the Women in Business Awards 2019 are:
 
Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace sponsored by Queen’s University Belfast Management School
  • Citi
  • Danske Bank UK
  • First Derivatives plc
  • Sensata Technologies
  • Version 1
 
Award for Best Customer Service sponsored by RSA Group
 
Corporate Finalists
  • Claire Mullen - Version 1
  • Diana Johnston - First Trust Bank
  • Jackie Reid – DELI LITES
  • Sabrina Lynch - Allstate Northern Ireland
 
Small Business Finalists
  • Laura Killough – Larchfield Estate
  • Lisa McCrink - Zen Day Spa
  • Olga Lynch - The Transfer Tutor
  • Samara Prentice - EVOLVE by Samara Personal Styling Consultancy
 
Award for Best in Professional Services sponsored by Advance Coaching
 
Corporate Finalists
  • AnneMarie Patterson - First Derivatives plc
  • Ashleen Feeney - KPMG
  • Colette Eastwood - Bombardier
  • Maurece Hutchinson - JMK Solicitors
  • Kerri Bradley - Cleaver Fulton Rankin
Small Business Finalists
  • Aideen Duggan - Keenan Healthcare
  • Claire Stewart - Cartmill Stewart & Co Chartered Accountants
  • Emma Hunt - Mills Selig
  • Louise Breen - Mallon McCormick Solicitors
  • Suzanne Keenan - MKB Law
 
Award for Best Marketing Campaign sponsored by Kaizen Print
 
Corporate Finalists
  • Amanda Sistern - Cleaver Fulton Rankin
  • Danielle Baker - Danske Bank
  • Danielle Dunbar - Phoenix Natural Gas
Small Business Finalists
  • Charlene Brookes - The Hall of Flowers
  • Jennie Wallace - Beyond Skin Clinic
  • Julie McCullagh - Belfast One
  • Kym Horner - MKB Law
  • Tierna Byrne - Big Belfast Choir/Tierna Byrne Marketing & Design
 
Award for Best New Start Up sponsored by Go For It
  • Judith Armstrong - JAMMCO Cosmetics
  • Laura Harbinson - Halo Healthy Kitchen
  • Lisa Smyth/Christine McKee - SheSaid Design and Branding
  • Rebecca Bryson - Curvy Chic Bridal
  • Sharron McCormick - With Love Recipes
 
Award for Best Small Business sponsored by Danske Bank
  • Aideen Duggan - Keenan Healthcare
  • Katie Martin - Martin Contracting Services Ltd
  • Laura Slevin - FLEX Language Services
  • Mairead Scott - Honeycomb Jobs
  • Tanya Martin & Angela Forsythe - IQ&Co Ltd
  • Dr Pamela McHenry - Belfast Skin Clinic
 
Award for Outstanding Innovation sponsored by First Trust Bank
 
Corporate Finalists
  • Julia McDaid - Cubis Systems
  • Dr Liz O’Sullivan - Allstate Northern Ireland
Small Business Finalists
  • Alex Shepherd - Suki Tea
  • Dr Esther L. Skelly-Smith - Shanaghan Veterinary Services
  • Olga Lynch - The Transfer Tutor
 
Award for Excellence in IT sponsored by Citi
  • Dawn Sargent - Admiral Care Services
  • Laura Kelly – OHMG
  • Linda O’Reilly – Allstate Northern Ireland
  • Olga Lynch - The Transfer Tutor
 
Award for Best Exporter sponsored by The Irish News
  • Shauna Blair - Heavenly Tasty Organics Ltd
  • Jackie Reid – DELI LITES
 
Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership sponsored by Fleet Financial Ltd
  • Anne Donaghy - Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Caroline Rafferty - Homecare Independent Living (HCIL)
  • Catherine Harrison - First Derivatives plc
  • Ciara Kennedy - Bombardier
  • Joanne Molloy - TS Foods
  • Lorna McAdoo - Version 1
 
Award for Young Business Woman of the Year sponsored by Ulster Bank
  • Amanda Kearns - Inner Angel Health
  • Aimee Clint - Books by Stellas CIC
  • Aimee Hull - Coca-Cola HBC
  • Kathryn Mills - Lifestyle Gymnastics Academy
  • Kerrie Gass - Fleetwise Ltd

 

Thank you to our important sponsors:

 

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Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2019

Wilma Erskine 

After the success of The 148th Open at Royal Portrush this year, Women in Business was delighted to present Wilma Erskine, secretary-manager of Royal Portrush who is widely regarded as being the driving force behind securing the competition, with the Special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Business Woman of the Year 2019

Edel Doherty 

The highly acclaimed Business Woman of the Year 2019 award, also sponsored by Virgin Media Business, was presented to entrepreneur Edel Doherty. With over 30 years in the travel industry, Edel has an impressive career portfolio and is the founder and managing director of Beyond Business Travel, a bespoke travel management company. Edel started her company in 2010 and the business has gone from strength to strength with over 25 employees, an impressive turnover of £16million, plans to grow to £50million in 4 years  and a new Dublin office.

The Women in Business award winners 2019 were:
  • Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace. Danske Bank UK (sponsored by Queen’s University Belfast Management School)
 
  • Award for Best Customer Service (Corporate). Jackie Reid, DELI LITES (sponsored by RSA Group)
 
  • Award for Best Customer Service (Small Business) Laura Killough, Larchfield Estate (sponsored by RSA Group)
 
  • Award for Best in Professional Services (Corporate). Anne Marie Patterson, First Derivatives plc (sponsored by Advance Coaching)
 
  • Award for Best in Professional Services (Small Business). Louise Breen, Mallon McCormick Solicitors (sponsored by Advance Coaching)
 
  • Award for Best Marketing Campaign (Corporate). Amanda Sistern, Cleaver Fulton Rankin (sponsored by Kaizen Print)
 
  • Award for Best Marketing Campaign (Small Business). Jennie Wallace, Beyond Skin Clinic (sponsored by Kaizen Print)
 
  • Award for Best New Start Up. Lisa Smyth and Christine McKee, SheSaid Design and Branding (sponsored by Go For It)
 
  • Award for Best Small Business. Katie Martin, Martin Contracting Services Ltd (sponsored by Danske Bank)
 
  • Award for Outstanding Innovation. (Corporate) Dr Liz O’Sullivan, Allstate Northern Ireland (sponsored by First Trust Bank)
 
  • Award for Outstanding Innovation. (Small Business) Dr Esther L. Skelly-Smith, Shanaghan Veterinary Services (sponsored by First Trust Bank)
 
  • Award for Excellence in IT. Linda O’Reilly, Allstate Northern Ireland (sponsored by Citi)
 
  • Award for Best Exporter. Jackie Reid, DELI LITES (sponsored by The Irish News)
 
  • Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership. Anne Donaghy, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (sponsored by Fleet Financial Ltd)
 
  • Award for Young Business Woman of the Year 2019. Kathryn Mills, Lifestyle Gymnastics Academy (sponsored by Ulster Bank)

 

Thank you to our important sponsors:

 

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We are delighted to announce our key note speaker as Rose Mary Stalker, Chair of Invest NI.
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Rose Mary was appointed Chair of Invest Northern Ireland on 1 August 2019. Rose Mary is an experienced business leader who has successfully operated for many years at Executive Team and Board level in complex multi-disciplinary global organisations, including Ford, Boeing and Rolls-Royce, responsible for the successful delivery of multiple transformational projects in a range of disciplines, new product delivery, business models, manufacturing, logistics, service centres, recruitment and quality, across numerous industry sectors, aerospace, automotive, construction and energy.
A graduate of Queen's University Belfast, Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the recipient of numerous awards, including the European Woman of Achievement in Business and European Automotive Woman of the Year.
Rose Mary works as an independent consultant and serves as Non Exec Chair for Metal Forming Innovation/Tirnaform an advanced engineering start-up and is founder of 4C UR Future CIC a Not for Profit Community Interest Company dedicated to informing, inspiring and improving employability and career awareness in schoolchildren.
She has until recently served as Chair of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland, Chair of The Manufacturing Task Force for Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and previously chaired The Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Catagen Limited and been a Non-Executive Director of Catalyst Inc.

To celebrate the success of the award finalists, all finalists will be invited to attend the Finalists’ Retreat that will take place at Virgin Media Television, Dublin on Monday 21st October.  We have organised a luxury coach that will be transporting finalists to Dublin.  The fully complimentary retreat will include fantastic workshops at the Virgin Media Television Studios and also provide great networking opportunities.

Full information on this year’s Finalists’ Retreat will be announced in early October.

Below is a video and photos from the Finalists’ Retreat in 2018.

 
 
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1. Entrants must be based or have their chief operations in Northern Ireland.
 
2. Please ensure nominees are available on Thursday 7th November 2019 for the Awards Ceremony.
 
3. An application form will need to be completed for each entrant. The information provided will be disclosed only to the judges. Do not send any other documents /supporting materials as these will not be accepted.
 
4. There will be one winner per category (unless otherwise stated) and one recipient of the Women in Business Business Woman of the Year Award.
 
5. There will be two levels per category for the following four categories– Best Customer Service, Best in Professional Services, Best Marketing Campaign and Award for Outstanding Innovation – one winner a corporate employee, the other from a small business.
 
6. Corporate entries must have a minimum of 60 employees employed within their organisation.
 
7. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after the judging. All decisions regarding the judging process are made by our judging panel.
 
8. Details provided in the application form will potentially be used, with approval, for press releases and web content if the nominee is placed as a finalist or winner, so please ensure it is factually correct - we will not be liable for inaccuracies published based on nomination content and changes may not be possible after publication.
 
9. Applications that do not meet the entry criteria will not be accepted.
 
10. Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.
 
11. Entrants can apply for more than one category but must submit a full application each time i.e. one category per application.
 
12. Please complete and return applications by no later than 12 noon on Monday 30th September 2019 to: awards@womeninbusinessni.com

Click on the video below to see all the action from the Women in Business Awards 2019:

Edel Doherty, Business Woman of the Year 2019: